China calls on US to foster closer solar cooperation

12. October 2012 | Global PV markets, Industry & Suppliers, Markets & Trends | By:  Becky Beetz

China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) has called on the U.S. to drop the trade case launched against Chinese photovoltaic manufacturers and instead help foster closer cooperation between the two nations.

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China wants to strengthen its relationship with the US.

As expected, MOFCOM has stated it is "strongly dissatisfied" with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s ruling to impose anti-dumping and countervailing duties on imports of photovoltaic cells and modules from China into the U.S.

Instead of "blocking the development of new energy to the whole world", the U.S. should be supporting closer cooperation between the two nations, which are increasingly working together, said MOFCOM spokesman Shen Danyang.

He went on to say that the ruling is "inconsistent with the commitments made at the G20 summit to avoid taking any new measures of trade and investment protectionism."

"China and the U.S. cooperate closely in clean energy field, and have formed the pattern that one can not [sic] separate from the other. To impose anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties on China’s solar cell products will also undermine the interests of U.S. exporters of raw materials and equipment and U.S. consumers," read the statement on MOFCOM’s website.

It concluded, “"China hopes the U.S. side can correct the wrong doing, terminate the trade remedy measures against China’s solar cell products, support exchanges and cooperation between industries of the two sides, and promote the development of new energy and green economy."

A final determination on the duties is expected to be issued by the U.S. International Trade Commission on November 7.

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